Despite Sam Curran’s heroics with the bat, England were narrowly beaten in Sunday’s nailbiter of a decider meaning India secured a 2-1 win in the ODI series.
Just as it has for the majority of this tour, the momentum swung back and forth throughout the 50-over contests and though the result didn’t go our way, there’s not much more you can ask for than the dramatic finish we were treated to.
It was a fitting way to end a fantastic few months of cricket and we shouldn’t have to wait too long for further entertainment as the English domestic season and the County Championship get underway next week.
Before our focus shifts to the year ahead, here’s a few takeaways from the final leg of the India tour…
England’s dedication to Morgan-ball
England’s dedication to the ‘attack from ball one’ mantra that has been their signature during Eoin Morgan’s tenure was clear to see in the three-match series.
There were questions after India, who built their innings slowly before exploding at the death, won the series opener but the skipper made it clear that they wouldn’t be changing the way they play.
And why should they? They are the number one ranked side in both forms of white-ball cricket and the 50-over World Cup champions after all.
Even though the skipper missed the final two games due to injury, England remained committed to Morgan-ball under Jos Buttler’s leadership – and long may it continue.
The greatest ODI opening partnership ever?
The ODI series saw Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow reunited at the top of the order, and it’s fair to say that the duo did not disappoint.
For the most part, they dominated the Indian attack in the early overs – making two 100-run stands in three innings – and served a reminder that there are none better at the top of the order in the world.
Whether they’re England’s greatest ODI opening partnership ever is now surely beyond question, but are they the greatest of all time? We think they might be!
A bright start for Liam Livingstone
The ODI series was always going to hand opportunities to some of England’s fringe players and Liam Livingstone certainly took his.
He made 66 runs across his two innings at an average of 66.00 but it was the confidence and manner with which he scored them that was so impressive.
When Livingstone arrived at the crease in the second ODI, England were wobbling but the debutant’s approach after arriving at the crease – which saw him come down the pitch and crash a few out of the park – calmed fears and we eased to victory.
It was a bright start from the Lancashire man, who has a bit of swagger about him, something that should help him succeed in this side.
An opportunity for revenge
Luckily for England, they won’t have to wait too long to get some revenge over Virat Kohli’s side.
India may have the bragging rights at the moment but we’re pretty confident that things will be different when they visit the UK later in the summer.
Five Tests in August and September should give Joe Root’s side to get some revenge and, according to Silverwood, they’re chomping at the bit to do just that.